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Old 12-27-2007, 05:32 PM   #11
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I use my scoop for ice cream...period. Although I have entertained the idea of using it for meatballs. Now reading some of the posts it doesn't seem like something I want to do.
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Old 12-27-2007, 05:32 PM   #12
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The only reason to use a "scoop" is for uniformity of size - which, if I remember right, was the point Alton Brown was trying to make. I got mine at a local restaurant supply store - and there they are called "dishers".
yeah, "dishers!" Well, when you've been making meatballs the same size for as many years as my mom did, and as I have, now... pretty much they all turn out the same size without a scoop! I used to have my catering staff use a scoop, because they weren't as experienced "rollers" as I was...

It sounds superfluous for home cooking to me. Who cares if a couple of meatballs turn out a little larger than a quarter? Most of them will be pretty uniform...
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Old 12-27-2007, 09:29 PM   #13
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When I went to Wal-mart the other day I had seen them but wasn't sure if that was actually a good idea or not to get them there. Can I ask what size did you get and where did you get your's at?
I purchased most of mine at restaurant supply stores, but they are available other places, too.

When it comes to meatballs, I've never had any of the meat mixture stick to the bowl of the "disher." Plus, I also take the portioned amount and roll it in my hands to compress the meat so that the meatballs are somewhat firm.

Yes, another use for the scoops is to portion out pancake and cupcake batter. I'd forgotten about those uses.
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I purchased most of mine at restaurant supply stores, but they are available other places, too.

When it comes to meatballs, I've never had any of the meat mixture stick to the bowl of the "disher." Plus, I also take the portioned amount and roll it in my hands to compress the meat so that the meatballs are somewhat firm.

Yes, another use for the scoops is to portion out pancake and cupcake batter. I'd forgotten about those uses.
The idea of obtaining one of these will make my life just a bit easier as I am a full time business graduate student. Needless to say my time can get rather limited for what I like to do with my cooking habits so it revolves around my graduate studies at the moment. Anything that will help make cooking just a little easier during this transition I will surely take advantage of it.

I appreciate everyone's help!
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Old 12-30-2007, 07:15 AM   #15
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I consider my #16 disher essential to uniform cookie sizing, which is key to uniform cookie making! It's the only one in my arsenal at the moment, but cookies are really all I make that requires it.

Fun fact: disher sizes are the number of scoops that equal a quart!
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Old 12-30-2007, 08:33 AM   #16
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I consider my #16 disher essential to uniform cookie sizing, which is key to uniform cookie making! It's the only one in my arsenal at the moment, but cookies are really all I make that requires it.

Fun fact: disher sizes are the number of scoops that equal a quart!
Interesting fact, DrThunder88!
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Old 12-31-2007, 06:20 PM   #17
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Would a regular ice cream scoop not do the trick?
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Old 12-31-2007, 06:30 PM   #18
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A disher is basically an ice cream scoop.
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